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Zedd calls out Overwatch devs for removing six heroes from rotation

Published: 27/Mar/2020 16:41

by Michael Gwilliam

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Russian-German DJ Anton Zaslavski, better known as Zedd, called out Blizzard Entertainment after seeing that the week’s hero pools for March 26 banned four DPS heroes and six characters overall.

This is the fourth week of hero pools with the first three banning only four heroes each. In the first week, two DPS heroes were banned. For the second, Blizzard removed two supports from rotation. And in the third, two tanks were unavailable. Now, the ante has been upped considerably.

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Zedd, who is a Grand Master-ranked Overwatch player and even performed at the 2019 OWL Grand Finals, took to Twitter to voice his concerns: “Blizzard straight up trolling [with] these hero bans,” adding a laughing emoji.

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All six heroes counter Pharah in some capacity.

The Widowmaker specialist continued in the replies: “IMO: if you have to remove 6(!) heroes just to make 1 hero more viable – it means your balance is simply off.”

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The viable hero the DJ was referring to is likely Pharah. All of the heroes banned either hard or soft counter Pharah players firing rockets from the sky, with their hitscan weapons or incredible vertical mobility.

“Not to mention that I don’t even think removing those 6 heroes will accomplish the goal [to be honest],” he added, suggesting that the week’s meta won’t be as friendly to Pharah players as some would assume.

While Zedd was clearly against this week’s pools, Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan did state that the first five weeks would be quite experimental.

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“For the first 5 weeks, we will be trying a range to see what feel right. We’ve architected this system so that we can update the hero pools without the need to patch,” he said in a forum post back in January.

“So we’ll be monitoring feedback very closely, experimenting a bit with the pool and adapting our strategy as time goes on.”

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Pharah may be more viable as her counters are out of rotation.

With such a prominent voice speaking out, one has to wonder if Blizzard will respond to the 30-year-old performer.

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That said, considering there’s still one week of this experimental period remaining, it will be interesting to see what the company has in store for pools in the future and what format they settle on.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.